Saturday, 30 January 2016

Beauty: My Must Have Hair Products

I feel like I haven't written a beauty post in ages. My blog has moved more towards travel and lifestyle lately but I do like to have a good mix and I spend a lot of my hard earned cash on beauty products so I thought it was time to bring back some beauty posts to my blog.

Today I thought I would share with you my must have hair products. 

I like to look after my hair and wouldn't dream of blowing drying or putting any heat near it without protecting it first. I love Phillip Kingsley's daily damage defence (if Phillip Kingsley is good enough for Audrey Hepburn then it's good enough for me). It prevents breakage and protects from UV rays as well as heat styling. 

My Tangel Teezer is my new favourite thing at the moment. I bought just about everyone one of these for Christmas and my sister and niece are also huge fans. It keeps your hair smooth and glossy and removes those tugs without damaging your hair or causing discomfort. 

Batiste dry shampoo is a product I absolutely couldn't live without. I now only wash my hair twice a week and use this in between washes. I love the volume it gives my hair and find on the day my hair is due to be washed it looks it best. The downside to this product however, is the build up it creates in my scalp and I have read that dry shampoo isn't good for your scalp. With that said, I'm really trying to cut down my use which is hard because my hair looks so flat without it.

I try to give myself a proper blow dry twice a week and use Paul Mitchell express dry hairspray when I've finished to help hold the volume in my roots and smooth out fly always. Saying that, with having such thick hair it's hard to hold any volume due to weight of my hair (sounds ridiculous I know). 

What are your must have hair products?

* The Paul Mitchell express dry hairspray was given to me as a PR sample but all my views are my own. 
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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Lifestyle: Moving Update

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will probably know that I put my flat up for sale a few months ago. Well, I'm really pleased to tell you all, I accepted an offer on my flat this week which means we can officially start the house hunt.

It's very exciting but also a bit scary. We have to be out of my flat (can I still call it that?) by the 31st of March so I feel like the clock is ticking. Saying that, I don't want to rush into anything and make the wrong decision as we are hoping this is going to be our home for life.  

We have been viewing houses for the past three months now but I feel my outlook will have changed now we are actually in a position to put an offer in. I also feel our priorities keep changing the more properties we look at. However, location is still key to me. 

I know it might sound crazy but I'd rather have the worst house in the best street, then the best house in the worst street as I know I can make our house an amazing home.  However, if I want the best location I realise I need to compromise on other things such as, the size of the property and garden. 

I can't wait to find our new home and start thinking about how I'm going to decorate it and go totally Pinterest crazy. 

It's also going to give me some good blog material over the next few months and I was thinking about writing a post on my top tips on how to sell your property as this is my second property I've now sold. 

Are you planing a move or decorating? I'd love to hear all about it.

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Travel: Marco Polo Spiral Guides

Now that's Christmas out the way and we are into 2016, it's time to start thinking about holidays. If you already have one booked or are looking for inspiration you can create the perfect trip with Marco Polo's new spiral guides.

Marco Polo is relatively new but are the fastest growing travel brand in the UK and offer a wide range of publications including travel guides, spiral guides, maps, atlases, phrase books and wall maps.

Marco Polo recently discovered my love of travel through my Instagram account and kindly sent me some guides to read. I opted for the Florida and Venice spiral guides as Venice is on my travel wish list and Florida is one of my favourite holiday destinations which I hope to return to in the future. I was also sent an Iceland travel guide and a huge wall map so can mark up all the places I have been and all the places I plan to travel to in the future.

The spiral guides are ideal for travelers who don't have time to plan their trip but want to cram as much as possible into their trip. The main features of the spiral guides are:

Top 10
The guide begins with the top 10 not to be missed attractions.

The Magazine
This section gives you background behind the destination and sets the scene so you know what to expect.

Finding Your Feet 
This section includes practical tips from the moment you arrive at the airport and throughout your trip.

Don't Miss and At Your Leisure
These two sections are organised into regions telling you about the must see sights in each area. This will give you an idea of what you want to visit and what you don't want to visit as it also tells you about the less important sights.

Walks and Tours
This sections tells you about tours which range from walking, cycling and driving and may enable you to see the place from a completely different outlook.

10 Reasons To Come Back Again
The last section sums up all the good points of the destination and why you should return in the future.

Pull Out Map
The spiral guides also contain a large pull out map so you can find your bearings as soon as you arrive.

The spiral guides retail at £9.99.

*Thanks to Marco Polo for sending me these guides to review.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Lifestyle: What I'm Looking Forward to in 2016

So that's the tree back in it's box and it was back to work today. I know a lot of people like to get back to reality but I can't help feel a bit sad when the festive season is over. Saying that, 2016 is going to an exciting year for me and I already have a few things to look forward to. 
My flat has been up for sale for two months now but over the festive season it was pretty quiet. However, things are looking up and we already have a viewing. Fingers crossed my flat will sell soon and me and my boyfriend can buy our first house together which I'm so excited about. I can't wait to have more space which will hopefully include a dining room, a second and third bedroom and a garden. 

I'm also really excited about decorating my new house and have already picked up a few pieces which I found in the sales and stashed them away for the new house. So look out for more interior, up-cycling and decorating posts on the blog soon. 

Me and my boyfriend always book a city break in February so we have something to look forward to throughout January. This year we are going to Munich in Germany and I'm really excited about exploring the City and the surrounding areas. We are going to visit Neuschwanstein Castle which was the castle that was in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. I'm not sure what the rest of year will bring since we have the move but I have a few places on my wish list: Reykjavik, Venice and a trip back to Florida would be an absolute dream. 

I have three friends getting married this year, two in Scotland and one in Ireland. I love a good wedding so I'm looking forward to all three and cant wait to see the three beautiful brides. 

I'm hoping blogging will be a big part of my year again and looking forward to seeing what opportunities will come my way. I've already had a good start with press invites and contact from PR companies about upcoming opportunities. 

What are you looking forward to in 2016?

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